Basil, On Greek Literature

LCL 270: 374-375

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Prefatory Note

Among the more important editions1 and translations of the treatise after 1500 the following deserve mention:

Pincianus (Nunez de Guzman), the Greek text with an interlinear Latin translation, Alcalà, 1519.

Martinus Hayneccius, the Greek text with a Latin version in his Enchiridium Ethicium, Lipsiae, 1600.

Hugo Grotius, the Greek text revised with his own Latin version, Plutarch’s De legendis poetis, and excerpts from Stobaeus, Paris, 1623.

John Potter, the Greek text with Grotius’ translation, variant readings and brief notes, Oxford, 1694.

Johannes Henricus Maius, Potter’s edition with new notes and the addition of Bruni’s translation, Frankfort, 1714.

Fridericus Guil. Sturz, the Greek text with the notes of J. Garnier and F. Ducaeus and additional notes of his own, Gerae, 1791.

C. A. F. Frémion, the Greek text with notes and a French translation, Paris, 1819. This is one of the best editions of the treatise. Frémion’s text with his variant readings gleaned from an examination of a number of MSS. at Paris is reprinted in Migne, P.G. 31, cols. 563–590; 1831–1844.

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L. De Sinner, the Greek text with notes, Paris, 1842.

E. Sommer, the Greek text explained literally with notes and a French translation, Paris, 1853. Reprinted 1857, 1859, 1861, 1863, 1873, 1894, 1903.

G. Lothholz, the Greek text with copious notes, Jena, 1857.

J. Bach, the Greek text with notes and a Latin translation, Münster, 1900.

E. R. Moloney, the Greek text with notes and a vocabulary, New York, 1901.

A. Nardi, the Greek text with notes and introduction, Torino, 1931.

One of the last and best translations is that in German by A. Stegmann in Bibliothek der Kirchenväter, Vol. 47, p. 445–468, München, 1925.

The following special works on the treatise should be mentioned:1

H. Doergens, Der hl. Basilius und die klassischen Studien. Eine gymnasial-pädagogische Studie, Leipzig, 1857.

H. Eickhoff, Zwei Schriften des Basilius und Augustinus als geschichtliche Dokumente der Vereinigung von klassischer Bildung und Christentum (Basil’s Ad Adolescentes and Augustine’s De Doctrina Christiana), Progr. Schleswig, 1897.

Fr. M. Padelford, Essays on the Study and Use of Poetry by Plutarch and Basil the Great, New York, 1902.

G. Büttner, Basileios’ d. Gr. Mahnworte an die Jugend über den nützlichen Gebrauch der heidnischen Literatur. Eine Quellenuntersuchung, München, 1908.

L. V. Jacks, St. Basil and Greek Literature, Washington, 1922.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.basil-greek_literature.1934